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Old 17th May 2006
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what?! a FREE stage III head upgrade?! Man, did I miss out!
well...not totally free...but free if you bought a set of Stage II heads
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I am among those who labor savings = $$$$$lots

Accessory Spending = $$$$$lots

The total $$$$ would probably have been the same, but I have a bike that is more "mine"


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I hope to be able to save people lots of money

In 3 days, I've neither spent nor saved any $$ on my Sporty
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I think the knowledge that fills these pages has saved more money thatn we realize. Everytime someone asks what worked and what didn't, it helps that person buy a part that is more likely right the first time. Think about all the people ho were going to buy a DynoJet, Thunderslide, Yost kit only to learn that for $10 or less they can make their bike run equally as well. And how about the tips on what parts are poor quality and should be avoided? Or maybe learning that the ignition upgrade you though would give you tons more power really won't do squat for your application. Or maybe you thought a bigger carb was going to wake up your stage one bike? Plus all the labor you saved by doing it yourself? The special deals the supporting vendors throw out there on a regular basis? And I don't know about money saved, but the freindships that develop on here are priceless to me.
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More time than money. I would have done my own stuff to my bike anyways, but it was nice to know what to expect here.

But the heads up on the 1200S shock on eBay a while back saved me about $400...
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And I don't know about money saved, but the freindships that develop on here are priceless to me.
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I've saved SO much money on labor. I would have done the work anyhow, but people's input gives you that extra confidence you need to get it done and right.
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Well, I get what everyone says about buying the 'new' toys and upgrades... but hell we would find that stuff anyway. As far as SAVING money,

I've done 3 oil changes myself, installed chrome buttons, shocks and springs, carberator...

I think I've saved $200 - $500... and I would have saved more if I had done my 1k service, 5k service, and stage1 myself. I am still a nube so HD got those tasks...

Have I spent because of things I've seen here.. yea... but thats what I SAVED.

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like others have said i have saved a lot by doing the labor myself. i have made a comitment that the local dealer will only get money from me for my next bike
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I haven't saved much. Everytime I read the forum I find out I need more stuff, so it actually costs me $
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